One of the questions I get asked most is what books I recommend to read.

Over the past few years, I have read thousands of books. Some books were total waste of time and some books blew my mind. Some books exceeded all my expectations and changed the way I looked at my life and business completely. I have compiled the list of books which had most influence on my life.

I have separated my list of recommended books in to different categories for your convenience.


I have recommended only from the books which I have read and have exceeded all my expectations and changed my life. I am sure there are lot of books which are excellent and might have changed your life.


I will continue updating the list as and when I read more books.


The below list of books should be an excellent to start with.  All the books I have listed are classics and its application will last till end of time.

My recommendation and best advice

It is not how many books you read. What matters at the end of the day is how much you have applied in your life.

Remember: Knowledge is only potential power.

Rather than  reading multiple books and not taking any action, I recommend you to select one book, read it more than once and apply what author is saying. It will change your life.


Here is the list:



How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini



4 Hour body by Tim Ferries


Success /Mindset 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Outliers : The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins

Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by  Dale Carnegie

Feel the Fear  and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers


Time Management and productivity

First Things First by Stephen Covey

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Eat that frog by Brian Tracy


Wealth/ finance /Business

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Richest Man in Babylon

I will teach you to be rich by Ramit Sethi

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco



The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle


New age and Law of attraction

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Dr. Shad Helmstetter

‘The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind’ by Dr. Joseph Murphy.

Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho



The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership, John C Maxwell



Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono


 Remember, it is not how many books you read that matter. What matters is how much you have applied from reading few books. 


What are your favourite books? Which books changed your life ? Please share your list in comment below.


All the best,
Srinivas Vakati